Marketing award

The National Council has honored Mt. Hood Community College with a Gold Paragon Award for Marketing and Public Relations for its 'Viewbook' publication, which introduces prospective students to the college.

The college received the award at the annual national conference in Savannah, Ga., March 11. The college competed against colleges and universities from across the country and Canada. Gold is the highest award that can be bestowed upon on a college by the council.

'This is further evidence that MHCC is among the best in the nation,' stated Gary Murph, interim president. 'Our staff continues to produce great publications, and I'm glad the rest of the country has recognized their hard work.'

Paragon awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community, junior and technical colleges, as well as universities. It's the only national competition of its kind that exclusively honors excellence among marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges.

Poster contest

Mt. Hood Community College is inviting students from the Portland area to create a poster in celebration of Earth Day. The poster should deal with some issue related to current environmental problems or solutions.

One winner will be selected from each grade-level group: kindergarten through second, third through fifth, sixth through eighth and ninth through 12th. The four winners will receive a $10 gift card to Borders Books. All participants will receive a certificate of participation. All posters will be displayed at Mt. Hood Community College during Earth Week, April 21-25.

Each entry must be an original piece of artwork from the student. Entries must be approximately 22 by 28 inches in size and made out of thin cardboard. Name, phone number, school name, teacher's name and grade level must be written on the back of the poster and submitted with the application form. Deadline for submissions is 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 7. Winners will be notified in writing after April 28. Entry forms can be picked up at the student's school. Teachers with posters to be submitted can call Christopher Gorsek in the social science department at 503-491-7321 or 503-491-7480, or the posters can be brought to the social science department at 26000 S.E. Stark St. in Room 2562.

May 3 dinner/auction

Wine and dine your senses at the 'Portland to Provence' dinner and silent auction presented by the college's hospitality and tourism students at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3. A reception precedes dinner at and will be held in the Town and Gown Room.

This year's gourmet dinner will feature exquisite French dishes prepared by Executive Chef Lisa Lanxon of Cana's Feast Winery and Chef Kathryn Bliss of Rendezvous Grill. These local chefs are well known for their mastery of French cuisine.

The reception will feature a Northwest wine tasting with a selection of special hors d'oeuvres. The dinner will include sweet garlic soup with toasted crouton, poached quail egg and chive oil. The main entrée will be pan-roasted pork tenderloin with fennel-leek gratin, pastis cream and pork jus. Dessert will be French cheese with fig preserve, toasted walnuts and Mount Hood honey.

Reception, dinner, auction, all beverages and service will cost $70 per person. To make reservations call 503-351-6383 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vocal jazz summit

Vocalist and Grammy nominee, Nancy King, and composer, musician Steve Christofferson, are taking the stage to kick off the Mt. Hood Community College Vocal Jazz Summit on Thursday and Friday, April 3-4. Genesis, the college's vocal jazz ensemble, under the direction of Dave Barduhn, will also perform.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Visual Arts Theater. General admission is $8 and students pay $5.

The Vocal Jazz Summit will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, April 4, in the Visual Arts Theater. The last ensemble to perform on Friday will be Genesis at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For information, call 503-491-6969.

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